abscissa
[ absisuh ]
/ æbˈsɪs ə /

noun, plural ab·scis·sas, ab·scis·sae [absisee] /æbˈsɪs i/. Mathematics.
(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the xcoordinate of a point: its distance from the yaxis measured parallel to the xaxis.
Nearby words
Compare ordinate.
Origin of abscissa
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British Dictionary definitions for abscissa
abscissa
/ (æbˈsɪsə) /
noun plural scissas or scissae (ˈsɪsiː)
the horizontal or x coordinate of a point in a twodimensional system of Cartesian coordinates. It is the distance from the y axis measured parallel to the x axisCompare ordinate
Word Origin for abscissa
C17: New Latin, originally linea abscissa a cutoff line
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Word Origin and History for abscissa
abscissa
1690s, from Latin abscissa (linea) "(a line) cut off," from fem. past participle of abscindere "to cut off," from ab "off, away" (see ab) + scindere "to cut" (see shed (v.)).
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Science definitions for abscissa
abscissa
[ ăbsĭs′ə ]
Plural abscissas abscissae (ăbsĭs′ē)
The distance of a point from the yaxis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the xaxis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 2 as its abscissa. Compare ordinate.
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